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20 April 2006 Edition

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Concern raised over UVF threat

Sinn Féin Newry/Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that media reports that the UVF leadership is delaying the decision on its future until after 24 November carries with it an implied threat of violence.

Murphy said: "The northern statelet was founded through loyalist paramilitary violence and the threat of violence. On countless occasions since loyalist paramilitaries have worked hand in glove with unionism to deny the rights of nationalists and republicans and to undermine political progress.

"Media reports that the UVF leadership is delaying the decision on its future until after 24 November carries with it an implied threat of violence.

"Given the opportunities for progress now, both governments and all political parties reject such threats and also that both governments live up to their commitments in terms of moving on after 24 November if the DUP refuse to rise to the challenge of forming an Executive."

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